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August 15, 1980

Psychological Care During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period

JAMA. 1980;244(7):715. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310070063039

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This clinically oriented work addresses a subject that deserves much more attention than it has ever received. The author, a psychiatrist, has succeeded in offering material of interest to an audience of wide and divergent backgrounds. As a necessary result, sections of the work will be of little interest to individual readers. In attracting an audience that includes obstetricians, midwives, nurses, physician's assistants, family practice physicians, and students in all of these professions, the text will oscillate in its literary and practical appeal to each reader.

The greatest achievement of this book is its superb discussion of interviewing techniques, which is probably useful to readers at all levels. The acquisition of effective communications skills for interaction with patients is easy and natural for some but difficult for others. The author has succeeded in providing helpful concepts for neophytes that will serve equally well as refreshers to those who have practiced